Archive for September, 2015

Wednesday September 30, 2015 20:36

Akhil (Music review), Telugu – Anup Rubens & Thaman S

Nennekkadunte‘s is high-energy and stadium-rock style sound makes the cut, though, at points, Anoop seems to be overdoing the choice of his sounds just as a show-off. The grand, anthemic sound continues in Hey Akhil and Zara zara navvaradhe too, and given their likeable core melody and captivating chorus hooks, they work even better. Akkineni […]

Tuesday September 29, 2015 20:26

Kanche (Music review), Telugu – Chirantan Bhatt

Itu itu ani chitikelu evvarivo, beyond the symphonic touches mid-way and the Panthuvarali raaga tweak later, is essentially a typical Laxmikant-Pyarelal style 80s Hindi track. Ooru erayyindi eru horettindi‘s thumping sound is an easy winner, along with Shankar Mahadevan’s punchy vocals and excellent chorus. Nijamenani nammani sounds like Charukesi and Shreya seems to be thoroughly […]

Monday September 28, 2015 18:27

Eetti (Music review), Tamil – G V Prakash Kumar

Kuiyyo muiyyo has a lively, rhythmic tune, accentuated by the hook and Ranjith & Vandana’s singing, besides Na.Muthukumar’s lines (Pakistan army pol border’a minjariye!). Naan pudicha is standard-issue thavil & nadaswaram faux-folk, but GVP and Shaktishree’s singing makes a big difference. GVP makes fantastic use of ghatam (and nadaswaram) in Panjumittai, a gorgeous tune, sung […]

Sunday September 27, 2015 08:15

Hitman – September 26, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Padiyirangunnu – Pathemari (Malayalam – Bijibal) Along with Gopi Sundar, Bijibal has been alarmingly consistent with his output in Malayalam this year. In Padiyirangunnu, Bijibal makes the phenomenally appropriate decision to rope in Hariharan to sing the incredibly soulful melody. It seems—in all probabilities, given it evokes strong memories of […]

Javed-Mohsin’s DJ bajega is an obvious ‘item’ number pandering to post-drunk state of listeners, lyrics and rhythm-wise. With Amjad-Nadeem’s Jugni peeke tight hai and Dr.Zeus’s Bam bam, it’s only lyrics-wise. Tanishk Bagchi’s Samadar has its middle-eastern sound to keep it at good stead despite droning lyrics. Dr.Zeus closes the album with Billi kat gayee that […]

Thursday September 24, 2015 19:12

Shaandaar (Music review), Hindi – Amit Trivedi

In Gulaabo, Vishal Dadlani’s swagger rocks the song, but the horn section is no less impressive given how it holds the song. Anusha Mani comes out with guns blazing in ‘zara gandh pehlado’, as does Amit, on the keyboard, producing some zingy retro-pop. The abrupt title callout in Shaam Shaandaar is as pleasant as expecting […]

Terrible Malayali-English aside, Neha Nair makes Pathukke entho‘s soft, free-flowing melody work, punctuated by lovely strings. Sharreth livens up Maayanagarame with his fantastic singing, but the tune is background’ish. In Magar tum, Ouseppachan delivers a superbly involving ghazal led by Ustad Fayaz Khan’s spirited vocals. It’s old-school ghazal marked by very imaginative guitar, besides regulars […]

Add Bollywood’s garish excesses to an inherently simple and gorgeous folk tune, you get the film’s version of Tung tung. It only forces you to head to Sneha’s own original. Manj Musik gets both his tracks right – Singh aur Kaur is a punchy Punjabi rap package with a catchy hook, and Mahi aaja has […]

Saturday September 19, 2015 18:43

Hitman – September 19, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Hemanthamen – Kohinoor (Malayalam – Rahul Raj) Hemanthamen (it is not about a Malayalee named Hemanth, incidentally) is what you get when a composer re-imagines a quintessentially 80s Malayalam filmy melody (the film is set in the 80s) in present times, with the trappings of a more modern sound to […]

Friday September 18, 2015 18:37

Pathemari (Music review), Malayalam – Bijibal

In Padiyirangunnu, Bijibal makes the phenomenally appropriate decision to rope in Hariharan to sing the incredibly soulful melody that seems most probably like Chakravaham (or Charukesi) raaga. The result is sheer magic! The title song has a strong whiff of the Middle Eastern, and Shahabaz Aman’s involved vocals has a lot of feeling, as does […]

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